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Toshiba color-changing notebook uses nano-technology

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2011

Toshiba wants their notebooks to be pretty. Most of them aren’t, but the Dynabook Qosmio T750 aims to fix that. It’s the first color-changing notebook. You won’t be able to control the color changing like you change your wallpaper, but it is cool that it uses nano-technology, allowing it to change from green to blue to purple.

The metallic effect was achieved without using any metal, so it’s a bonus for the environment. Other features include a 2.66GHz Intel Core i5-480M processor, 4GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, and a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixel resolution display.

MSi unveils Sandy Bridge Gaming Notebook GT680R-008US

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Looking for a new gaming notebook? The MSi GT680R-008US, which is equipped with Intel’s new Sandy Bridge platform might be what you want. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU with 8GB of RAM and a total of 1TB of storage from a pair of 500GB 7200 rpm HDDs. It also packs an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of DDR5 RAM.

Other features include 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, THX TruStudio Pro, MSI TDE technology to help squeeze the most from your machine with accelerated CPU performance and MSI Cooler Boost technology. It also has USB 3.0 ports, built-in 720p HD webcam, and HDMI output.

Google’s Cr-48 Chrome notebook now ships with stickers

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Remember Google’s Cr-48 Chrome notebook? Maybe you thought that the notebook looked too much like every other notebook out there. Well, fear not. Google has come up with a cheap gimmick to make it stand out from the pack.

Looks like the notebook is shipping with stickers that you can put on it. They are very colorful and obviously Chrome themed. The one above looks really nice. Maybe this will start a new trend of colorful laptop lids from manufacturers if they all start shipping stickers.

Toshiba announces dynabook 3D Notebook

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2011

Toshiba is launching a 3D notebook just like everybody else, with the Launch of the Toshiba Dynabook T441/D8B, which is one of the companies first 3D notebooks. The Toshiba dynabook 3D features a 15.6 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, an Intel Core i7 2630QM 2GHz processor and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics card.

Other specifications include 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 750GB hard drive, a 0.3 megapixel web camera, one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. It also features HDMI, Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and it will come with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Customizable Sony VAIO S notebooks now available

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2011

Sony’s VAIO S notebooks are expensive, so if you want one you may as well be able to customize it right? Right! And so Sony has confirmed that you’ll now be able to customize the system to your specifications, instead of just buying what is offered.

If you have the money, you can add features like a Blu-ray writable drive, a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 310 graphics card, up to a 256GB SSD and up to 8GB of RAM. Prices for these custom VAIO S models start at $874.99.

Acer Aspire AS8950G Notebook

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2011

Acer has announced the Aspire AS8950G-9839, which packs in some serious performance with a serious pricetag. The notebook starts at $1599.99 and boasts the new Intel Core i7-2630QM processor with Turbo Boost 2.0, ATI Mobility Radeon 6850 GPU with 2GB of dedicated video memory, 8GB of DDR3 dual-channel memory (upgradeable to 16GB).

Other features include an 18.4-inch edge-to-edge glass LED back-lit display with 1080p HD, and a Dolby optimized Acer CineSurround sound system with five built-in speakers and a dedicated subwoofer. If you have the money, you won’t have long to wait. The AS8950G-9839 will be available next week.

LG shows off Xnote P210 12.5-inch Notebook

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2010

LG has unveiled a new notebook this week called the Xnote P210. The machine sports a 12.5-inch screen and they’ve made the bezel thinner, so that it can accomodate that larger 12.5-inch screen into a notebook the size of your average 11.6-inch machine. The bezels on the notebook measure about 299mm horizontal and 192mm vertical.

It also comes with an Intel Core i5 470UM CPU running at 1.33GHz and uses Intel HD graphics. Other features include 4GB of RAM and 320GB of storage. The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Digital Storm xm15 notebook offered in Core i5, i7 variants

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The Digital Storm xm15 notebook is a 15-inch notebook that will ship in various hardware configurations. The base model features a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, a 1366 x 768 resolution display and NVIDIA’s 1GB 425M discrete graphics chipset. Or you could go all out and add a 2.67GHz Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD display. It’s your call.

All configurations make use of NVIDIA’s Optimus system for automatic switching between the discrete GPU and integrated graphics processor. Some other specs include HDMI and VGA outputs, optical audio ports, USB 3.0 ports, and eSATA ports.

Acer Iconia Dual-screen Notebook priced, going on sale in Spain on Jan 28

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2010

It’s been confirmed that the Acer Iconia dual-screen notebook will be available in Spain on January 28th. As you might have guessed it won’t be cheap. It will be priced at EUR1,499 (or $1,987).

When it arrives in the states it might be priced differently, but it shouldn’t be too far from that mark. The following specs should be well worth it: You get Two 14-inch multi-touch LCDs, Intel Core i5 processor, Up to 4GB RAM, Up to 750GB hard drive, Optional 3G module, USB 3.0 port, HDMI and VGA output, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

Dell Ultraportable V130 Business Notebook

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Dell has updated the Vostro V13 line with the V130. It’s the first notebook to feature Intel’s new Hyperbaric cooling system. Internal fans are typically used to drive out hot air from the notebook, but the new design uses an internal fan to draw air into the notebook to the CPU and other components, keeping them cool. Then the hot air is expelled.

At it’s thinnest point, the V130 measures just 0.65 inches and is made from a combination of aluminum for the chassis, zinc hinges and has a magnesium alloy palm rest.

Asus reveals U36 Core i3/i5-powered ultrathin notebook

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

ASUS is getting ready to lay the smack down against Apple’s MacBook Air with its super slim U36. The U36 promises better performance than Apple’s system with either an Intel Core i3 or i5 CPU. The Air has a Core 2 Duo processor.

They also promise up to 10 hours of battery life on a 4-cell battery, compared to the Air’s 5-7 hours of battery life. It will also use NVIDIA’s Optimus graphics with the company’s Super Hybrid Engine. The device weighs 3.2 pounds, just slightly more than the slim Air, and has a thickness at 0.75-inch with a magnesium alloy shell. It looks rather blah design-wise though.

Acer Iconia Dual-Screen Tablet

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

Aside from its Windows 7 tablet and Android tablets, Acer has announced a dual-screen tablet/notebook. The Acer Iconia has two 14-inch touchscreen panels that can be used in either book mode or as a traditional notebook with the secondary screen acting as a keyboard.

The device features an Intel Core i5 processor, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGI output ports. HDD options range from 320 to 750 GB. There’s also a 1280 X 1024 webcam, and resolution of 1266 X 768 on each of the 14-inch displays, with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

Smartfish, the company run by fish with high IQs, has just launched a new mouse designed to be used with netbooks and notebooks, the Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse. It’s compatible with both Macs and PCs, and features an ambidextorous design, along with a 1600dpi laser sensor, and 2.4MHz wireless connectivity.

The Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse comes in an assortment of colors which include Carbon Fiber, Black, Blue, Silver, Red. It’s available to pre-order for $49.95 right now.

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 coming November 15th

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2010

Lenovo has finally made the IdeaPad U260 official by announcing that the laptop will arrive this Monday, November 15th, in the U.S. The ultra-portable notebook will go on sale through Lenovo.com at a starting price of $895 and it comes in a two new colors, mocha and clementine orange.

The ultra-portable laptop is touted as the company’s “first single piece design made of magnesium-aluminum alloy materials.” It also features Dolby audio, ambient light sensors, a Lenovo Enhanced Experience Windows 7, HDMI, and Lenovo Active Protection System for hard drive shock protection.

Sony launches new VAIO Y notebook in Japan

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2010

Sony has decided to change the display size of its VAIO Y notebooks over in Japan. And they aren’t making them bigger. The company’s new VPCYA19FJ/B model sports an 11.6-inch display instead of the original 13.3-incher, though it still offers 1366 x 768 pixel resolution.

The downsized notebook will hit Japan on November 27th for an unknown price. Some specs include: A 1.33GHz Intel Core i3-380UM processor, 320GB hard drive, 2GB to 8GB of memory, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet and an HDMI port.